Graduation Party Recipes

Looking for graduation party food ideas? Find here appetizer recipes, finger food, cakes, desserts, as well as easy and delicious menu ideas for this big moment.

Staff Picks

Blondies with Chocolate Chips and Walnuts

Rating: 3.5 stars 359
This unbeatable blondie recipe combines the buttery flavor and chocolate chips from everyone's favorite cookies with the appealing texture of the best brownies.

Classic Roasted Salsa

Rating: 3.5 stars 234
Having salsa on hand is a must in summer. This homemade version is so easy, why even bother with store-bought? We love the deep, slightly smoky flavors in this version.

Walnut Honey Cake

Rating: 3 stars 120
The honey glaze ensures that this cake is extra-moist.

Puffed-Rice Bars with Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Rating: 4 stars 121
Transform out-of-the-box rice cereal into peanut-packed cookie bars spread with melted chocolate.

Chewy Brownies

What's gooey on the inside, crackly on top, and supremely delicious all over?Our fresh take on this crowd-pleasing dessert. Unsweetened chocolate and brown sugar impart a rich, well-rounded flavor, while adding a bit of oil to the batter results in the addictively chewy texture that makes this version an instant classic.

German Apple Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 297
This is a great cake to make if you have extra apples in the house. If you don't have any apples, you can substitute peaches or plums.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

Simple Layer Cake with Vanilla Frosting

Rating: 3.5 stars 600
This easy all-purpose yellow cake takes just a bit longer to make than one from a packaged mix, but it's worth it.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 933
Pumpkin's not just for pies. Mix up these cupcakes with canned pumpkin and lots of spice, then top them with tangy cream cheese frosting and the cutest mini marzipan pumpkins.

Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Rating: 3.5 stars 1078
Pull a fast one on the kids: In just 10 minutes, whip up the dough for these sweet, crunchy treats made with whole-wheat flour. Many recipes for baked goods can be tweaked to use equal parts whole-wheat and all-purpose flours, without losing flavor or texture.

Avocado-Banana Smoothie

Rating: 3.5 stars 530
Try sipping your avocado -- this tropical-tasting avocado smoothie makes a satisfying breakfast or snack.

Red Velvet Chocolate Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 997
What could make traditional red velvet cake even better? Chocolate, of course!

French Fries

Rating: 3 stars 113
The secret of delectable fries lies in the frying process. The oil needs to be just the right temperature—too cool, the potatoes will absorb the oil; too hot, the outsides of the potatoes will burn.

Inspiration and Ideas

Baked Sweet-Potato Chips
Rating: Unrated 1256
A mandoline or a hand-held slicer will quickly turn out thin, even slices of sweet potato, although a sharp knife and a steady hand will also work fine.
Best Coconut Cream Pie
Rating: Unrated 195
This classic coconut cream pie is well worth the time it takes to cook. It'll be one of the best recipes in your repetoire. 
Gooey Butter Cake

This sticky-sweet cake is a St. Louis specialty -- every bakery in Missouri has its own version. Martha made this recipe on episode 703 of Martha Bakes.